Raw Rant

A weekly review of Monday Night Raw

Rassslin Review 6-22-17: Daniel Bryan to NJPW, Mauro Ranallo to NXT, Cody

In this edition of Rassslin Review, we discuss WWE stars like The Big Show and Daniel Bryan speaking “out of turn” about the company. Big Show had some rather negative things to say about WWE TV tapings on Talk is Jericho while Daniel Bryan continues to fuel suspicions that he may return to pro wrestling in 2018.

Christopher Daniels in our Rassslin RankingsMauro Ranallo, who many thought was done with WWE, is apparently back and will be doing play-by-play for NXT on Wednesdays.

In other news, we look at Cody’s quest for gold, debut our Rassslin Rankins for this week, answer your questions in mail bag, and unveil this week’s match recommendations.


WWE RAW 5/29/17: The Graves, The Angles, and the Bayley Burials


After a few months being away from WWE’s main roster, we got back to a full episode of Monday Night RAW on May 29, 2017 in preparation for this Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules pay per view from Baltimore.

This Is Your LIfe BayleyI must say it was a mixed bag. While the angles with Corey Graves proved intriguing, the This Is Your Life Bayley segment with Alexa Bliss was one of the worst pieces of television I have seen in years.

The main event matches with Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe vs Bray Wyatt, as well as Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns, proved to be decent matches but the overall tone of the show is still off.

WWE RAW is still a show that is way too long, has too much silliness to it, too much bad acting and bad comedy, and tries too hard to be all things to all people (especially the mythical “casual fans”).

This is our review, reaction, and commentary on pro wrestling’s flag ship show, WWE RAW from 5/29/17.


Rassslin Review: Chris Jericho Universal Champion, NJPW Best of the Super Jrs

This week’s Rassslin Review covers rumors about the original plans for Chris Jericho and the Universal Title as well as an introduction on New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Jr’s tournament.

Chris Jericho vs. Kevin OwensWhile Jericho faced off with Kevin Owens at WrestleMania, that match was originally to be for much higher states as Jericho revealed on a recent Busted Open podcast.

One of the premiere tournaments during the year for NJPW kicked off this past week. Best of the Super Jr’s is one of the longer running tourneys and although the Cruiserweight Classic in WWE was similar, this much older tournament has a different structure entirely. We discuss what it is and why it’s been so good for so many years.

Also, we talk about the recent attendance figures for NXT TakeOver Chicago and WWE Backlash, the slight rise in indie wrestling interests and other pro wrestling companies, and much more.


Rassslin Review 5-12-17: WWE Writers Confused / NJPW U.S. Title

This week’s Rassslin Review takes a look at the brand new IWGP United States Championship that New Japan Pro Wrestling will hold a tournament for during their U.S. tour this summer as well as WWE Writers having a tough time dealing with Braun Strowman’s injury.

Matt and Jeff HardyIn other news, Jeff Hardy discusses Billy Corgan and IMPACT Wrestling, Vampiro clarifies a possible collaboration with IMPACT Wrestling, and we answer questions in our mail bag segment about Hulk Hogan, Seth Rollins, and much more news and rumors in the world of pro wrestling.


Rassslin Review: Westernizing New Japan, X-Pac Missing, Corgan

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Rassslin Review continues with this week’s look at pro wrestling news.

Billy Corgan with NWAWould Westernizing New Japan Pro Wrestling lead to them gaining ground in a rivalry with WWE? We examine the wishes of many fans and why that is or isn’t a good idea.

In other news: X-Pac (Sean Waltman) disappears for a time, Billy Corgan is with a new pro wrestling company, and Lucha Underground has some backstage woes of it’s own.

We’ll also answer your questions in our mail bag segment.


Rassslin Review: Paige Sex Tape / LU On Netflix

Paige has come under fire once again as her cell phone has been hacked and some extremely raunchy photos and sex tape videos have been leaked to the public. Will WWE release her?

In other news, a WrestleMania match might be changed, the New Japan Cup heads towards a surprising finals match, Lucha Underground is finally released on Netflix, plus much more including our mailbag segment.

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Why Is Smackdown LIVE Better Than Monday Night RAW?

This week’s commentary is about WWE RAW and Smackdown LIVE and why SDLive appears to be the better show.

After watching Monday Night RAW this past week, I had to turn it off about halfway through. Why? The show was not interesting and actually made me embarrassed to be a pro wrestling fan.

Bayley on WWE RAWWhile on Smackdown, you have great characters like AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and not so great characters like John Cena and James Ellsworth being used in the best way possible … RAW tends to has disjointed stories, silly segments, inconsistencies, all while putting fan favorites in situations that often make them look stupid.

Aside from Braun Strowman and Chris Jericho’s “List of Jericho”, there’s very little to genuinely enjoy on Monday nights. Tuesdays have been much better content-wise and hopefully one day this will reflect in the ratings.

In this video, we examine why Smackdown LIVE is a superior show to WWE RAW.


Rassslin Review 1/8/17: Is Kenny Omega Heading to WWE?

Happy 2017 and welcome to the first Rassslin Review of the year. This episode covers the fallout from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 11 event.

With the buzz surrounding his main event match against Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Championship, rumors start swirling around about Kenny Omega possibly going to the WWE. Is this true or just a pro wrestling “news” media going down a rabbit hole?

In other news, The Undertaker is supposedly going to make an appearance on WWE RAW this week with Shawn Michaels. Chris Hero has returned to NXT under his old/new name.

We also discuss what might be the beginnings of a new revolution in pro wrestling with talent like Ricochet, The Young Bucks, Broken Matt Hardy, Will Ospreay and others turning down WWE contracts to build up their legacies and other companies around the world.


Rassslin Review: Pro Wrestling News – Survivor Series TakeOver Aztec Warfare

This week’s Rassslin Review looks at this weekend’s big events including WWE Survivor Series, NXT TakeOver Toronto and Ring of Honor‘s UK shows.

Lucha Underground featured Aztec Warfare this past week with a huge surprise. Will Sexy Star, Johnny Mundo, Rey Mysterio or another fighter claim the Lucha Underground championship or will Matanza retain?

Daniel Bryan shoots on Mick FoleyWill Ospreay is back in the news taking on Bobby Fish for the ROH TV Championship. We also go back in time with Know Your History and a look at the 1996 WWF Survivor Series and Steve Austin’s historic promos.

Mick Foley and Daniel Bryan got a bit heated this week on the State of the WWE special on WWE Network.


Rassslin Review 11-6-16: Undertaker, Billy Corgan, Power Struggle ’16

With so many subjects happening right now in pro wrestling we take a look back at this past week’s major stories.

Billy Corgan out of TNAThe Undertaker may be back before we all think as he’s slated to be at a Smackdown LIVE show before Survivor Series. Billy Corgan is officially out at TNA. WWE is apparently having a Women’s Tournament. We also look at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Power Struggle event, the last stop before Wrestle Kingdom 11 in January.

In addition we have our match recommendations and mailbag segment.